Sex Offender Arrested After Short Foot Chase

first_imgSheriff Derrick Palmer announced that February 16th, 2018 arrest of 38 year old Robert Burl Fletcher III, who listed a Gaston County NC address.On February 16th, 2018 a patrol officer was dispatched to a business located on US 64 West to investigate a report of individuals acting suspicious and may be involved in the illegal sale of controlled substances. The patrol officer arrived on scene and obtained identifying information from a male and female at the location. At the same time, an investigator of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist in the investigation. Fletcher then started fleeing from the scene and was apprehended a short distance later.In a search incident to arrest a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and narcotic paraphernalia was found. Fletcher is a convicted sex offender and had two active warrants from Clay and Gaston counties in North Carolina for failure to Notify Change of Address.Robert Burl Fletcher III was is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center on the following charges POSSESS METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER. Fletcher’s bond for the Cherokee County charges is $15,000.00 secure. Clay and Gaston counties both have holds placed on Fletcher should he make bond.Sheriff Palmer stated, “We cannot over stress the importance of the Sex Offender Registry laws and their importance in keeping registered offenders in compliance.”last_img read more

Sammy Joe Shuler Sentenced

first_imgSammy Joe Shuler, 44, from Haywood County will spend at least five years behind bars after pleading guilty to two felonies and admitting habitual felon status.  He pleaded guilty to one count of larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm in Haywood County Superior Court.   According to the prosecution’s presentation of the facts regarding the larceny of a motor vehicle, last year, Shuler stole a car that was parked in a driveway with the keys left in the ignition. The charge for the larceny of a firearm came from an incident earlier this month when Shuler stole a revolver left in a parked ATV. Prosecutors noted they are currently working with law enforcement to recover the firearm.  Because Shuler admitted habitual felon status, what would normally be two low-level felonies were elevated in status, and he was given a sentence of 67-93 months in prison.last_img read more

California Increases IFTA Rate

first_imgCalifornia has announced that the per gallon rate for the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax (DI) will increase to $0.57, on November 1, 2017.Previously, it was announced that the diesel fuel per gallon tax rate would remain at $0.16 and the IFTA and DI combined tax rate would be $0.37.New legislation regarding the rates was enacted in April 2017.Subscribers can view the text of the notice.Special Notice L-508, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, October 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Christian, Starc dropped from Boxing Day Test against India

first_imgAll-rounder Dan Christian was left out, while opener Ed Cowan was expectedly handed a Test debut in the final XI announced on Saturday by Australian skipper Michael Clarke for the opening cricket Test against India, starting on Monday.Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc also failed to find a place in the final XI, which will have pacer Ben Hilfenhaus who is set to play his first Test since last year’s Ashes.A fit-again Shaun Marsh, who had been battling a back problem, was named at number three after his 99-run knock in a Twenty20 Big Bash knock earlier this week.The out-of-form duo of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey have also retained their positions from the 13-member squad that was announced by the selectors.”I’m confident we’ve got the best XI to win this Test match in these conditions,” Clarke said.”I can use Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting and myself to bowl a few overs. David Warner can bowl a few legspinners. I feel we’ve got the right XI to give ourselves a chance of winning this Test match,” he added, explaining the decision to go with a four-pronged attack.”DC (Christian) offers a lot with both bat and ball but unfortunately for him right now we can’t fit him into the XI,” Clarke said.Clarke said Hilfenhaus’ ability to bowl long spells was a major factor in the decision to pick him for the eagerly-anticipated match.”I think it plays a part. His control, he’s a very good new ball bowler. He can bowl long spells. He’s had success against India as well. There’s a few reasons we decided to go with Hilfy,” Clarke said.advertisementSpeaking on Marsh’ fitness, Clarke said the prolific batsman’s back is finally holding up.”His back is fine. He’s taken it easy yesterday and today to make sure he’s fully recovered and ready to go come Boxing Day. I’d imagine you’ll see Shaun out here tomorrow facing some bowlers or at least having some throwdowns. He’s 100 per cent ready to go,” he said.Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus.last_img read more

Ateneo’s Kai Sotto top high school player in week 1 of NBTC 24

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently-concluded NCAA competition.The players are ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena.Here is the list for the first week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24: Kai Sotto, center, AteneoJoel Cagulangan, guard, St. BenildeWill Gozum, center, MapuaCJ Cansino, forward, USTSJ Belangel, guard, AteneoL-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-DilimanRhayyan Amsali, forward, NUDave Ildefonso, forward, AteneoAaron Fermin, center, ArellanoClint Escamis, guard, MapuaInand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGHEvan Nelle, guard, San BedaWarren Bonifacio, center, MapuaJohn Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai ShekRJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-DilimanTerrence Fortea, guard, NUJancork Cabahug, forward, UVMac Guadaña, guard, LyceumRaven Cortez, center, La Salle ZobelHarvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope ChristianJielo Razon, guard, PerpetualJoem Sabandal, guard, AdamsonMaui Cruz, guard, EACNiel Tolentino, guard, Letran Flu-stricken Vandeweghe sent to early exit at Australian Open PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kai Sotto. PBA IMAGESTowering over the competition, 15-year-old sensation Kai Sotto emerged as the top high school player in the first installation of the Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24 weekly power rankings.The 7-footer was sensational for the undefeated Blue Eaglets this past week as he collected 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks in their 78-54 win over University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 juniors tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more

Parliamentary Sports Festival A Success

first_imgThe parliamentarians competed across eight different sports, promoting how important it is to stay fit and healthy through playing sport. Two teams of parliamentarians and their staff competed in the Touch Football component of the day, with six teams taking part in total. Touch Football Australia (TFA) staff provided two teams for the event, which included Australian World Cup winners Daniel Rushworth (Mixed) and Jess McCall (Women’s) in the line-up. Our two Australian representatives impressed, playing for several teams throughout the day. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and a Brumbies team, including Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher, also took part in the event, which was played at the Senate Oval. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube Channel to see some of the highlights of the day.last_img read more

6 Simple Steps for Successful Campaign Planning

first_imgWhether you’re you looking to win support for an issue, impact policy, or inspire donors to take action and give, a campaign rarely succeeds without a solid, thoughtful campaign planning.At Network for Good, we’ve always been big fans of Spitfire Strategies’ original Just Enough Planning Guide as a primer for doing just that. We’re happy to announce that the folks at Spitfire are back with an interactive road map to successful campaign planning with their Planning to Win: The Just Enough Guide for Campaigners™. The new Planning to Win toolkit builds on the original concept and provides nonprofit changemakers and campaign organizers with a nice set of resources to create an effective strategy.Inspired by the new guide, here are six key steps to putting your campaign plan together:1. Define the VictoryIt’s important that everyone agrees on the core goal or goals of your campaign. You also need to make sure the definition of your campaign’s success is specific and actionable. What exactly are you trying to accomplish? How will you know that you’ve hit your goal?2. Evaluate the Campaign ClimateOnce you clearly define your campaign win, it’s time to evaluate the climate in which you’ll deploy your outreach. When you understand what’s going on with your issue or audience, you can plan to maximize the positives and strengthen any weaknesses. Identify what’s already working in your favor and what obstacles might cause your message to get lost or be misunderstood. Some questions to help you evaluate your issue’s climate:Is your issue hot on the agenda or stuck in limbo?What is the current conversation around your issue?Who is the opposition and what is their agenda?Who else is working on this issue?What current events or opportunities can you use to your advantage?3. Chart the CourseLay out the series of milestones that you must hit on your way to reach your goal. Ideally, these steps should build off each other and indicate that your campaign is gaining momentum. Focus these milestones on the desired outcomes, rather than the tactics themselves. For example, if your campaign will reach out to local businesses to gain sponsors, your milestone should not be pitching these business owners. Rather, it should be that you reach your desired number of confirmed business partners for your cause.4. Choose Your Influence StrategyAlong with each step, understand the decision makers who will determine your success. These may be voters, business partners, or public officials. Then, find out who will have the most influence on these decision makers. These are the people you want to reach and activate to help your initiative gain momentum. Warning: avoid naming broad groups such as “the general public,” “voters” or “women.” Just as you did with your campaign goal, get very specific about your influencers so you have a clear picture of the kind of person you need to reach to achieve victory.5. Message for ImpactAll campaigns benefit from a message platform that provides everyone in your organization with a consistent positioning statement. Keep in mind that a message platform doesn’t need to be rigid, nor does it need to be memorized, but it should provide the core concepts and talking points to serve as a guide for your spokespeople. A good message platform includes the following four points:explain the problem/need that currently exists or the situation that you are working to changespecify what your campaign is working to accomplishdescribe how you recommend addressing the need or problem, along with the with specific actions that decision makers need to takeexplain the result that a campaign victory will have and how it solves the problem you noted at the start6. Manage Your CampaignOnce you outline the main tactics to achieve your goals, you still need to plan the day-to-day details to get it done. Each assignment should have a deadline/timeline, owner, metrics including outcomes, and a budget. When it comes to metrics, it’s important to think of ones that lead to outcomes. Once your campaign is underway, don’t forget to celebrate the small victories with your team to keep everyone motivated.For a step-by-step guide to building your campaign strategy, check our free guide, Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Fundraising Campaign.How are you applying these steps to your campaigns? Share your current efforts in the comments below and add in your tips for fellow campaigners.last_img read more

More! Build Stronger Donor Relationships Right Now: Ideas from Fellow Fundraisers, Part 2

first_imgYou have some fantastic fundraiser peers. Kudos to all of you who generously shared your path to stronger donor relationships or boldly put out there what’s getting in your way! Here’s the greatest challenge this fundraiser faces in strengthening donor relationships: Find a bridge. Look around and see who in your organization, including board members, knows each high-capacity donor—as a friend, colleague, or fellow community member. There’s a far better chance they’ll be able to make a visit or a call than you will. Train and support them to up the chances of a productive conversation. Face-to-face visits are most effective. But make sure you find other meaningful ways (to those donors, not you) to stay in touch between the personal calls or visits. Stewardship isn’t a “once and done” project. Investing the time to nurture personal relationships with key donors. “I’m going to take a larger role in our major donor program by developing [stronger] personal relationships. I hope to start meeting with several of them one-to-one in the next few months to get to know them better [and to] learn about their interests and why they support our organization so generously.” —Kathleen Kennedy, program and development coordinator, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection Growing a personal relationship with the donors who count most—whether it’s you, a colleague, or board member who develops it—is vital to keeping them close. It’s one of the key components of your ongoing stewardship process. Accept that some high-capacity donors don’t want high touch. Read Part 1 here Have two minutes? Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen donor relationships and/or what’s in your way. Thanks! Mimi, you’re right. Donors, high capacity and otherwise, are tired of being pummeled with content and asks and of the lack of privacy. So, like the rest of us, they’ve found ways to keep themselves sane. Try something completely different. Gail Perry’s “surprise and delight” method of donor cultivation has huge potential. It’s too late for Valentine’s Day, but how about a “Welcome to Spring” card or an invitation to a behind-the-scenes tour, if that’s important to a certain donor? Definitely worth a try! “So many high-capacity donors are making themselves inaccessible—much more so today than 10 years ago. They won’t take a meeting (“I’m just fine without seeing you in person”), they use donor-advised funds, or they hide behind unlisted phone numbers and assistants. They still give, but on their terms alone.” Here’s how one fundraiser is switching it up to build stronger donor relationships: I just can’t get close to donors anymore, especially the most important ones. —Mimi Evans, regional development director, Catholic Relief Services What are your recommendations for Mimi? Please share your ideas in the comments section. Keep in mind that “counts most” can mean either just existing major donors or other folks you feel have the potential to get there, like midlevel donors on the cusp. Log what it takes time-wise, plus any expenses, for your personal relationship building agenda. Then use that data, plus anecdotal outcomes, to gain leadership support to allocate your time and budget here. Everything takes time, and when you do something new, that takes time away from something else. Be prepared to make your case! Stop trying to cross the moat to these donors. That’s bound to alienate them big-time rather than bring them closer. “Their terms” are your terms. Listen, learn, and respect what they want. Here are four recommendations for you: Read Part 1 herelast_img read more

UN Commission on the Status of Women; Human Rights Watch Draw Attention to Child Marriage

first_imgPosted on March 11, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last Thursday, a special session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held to draw attention to the issue of child marriage, and the experiences of the 39,000 girls who are married before the age of 18 every day. The session highlighted both the factors that contribute to early marriage and the toll that it can have on girls’ health and well-being, including the ways that early marriage contributes to making maternal mortality the leading cause of death among 15-19 year old girls in developing countries. In addition, The Guardian reported that Malawi, a sponsor of the CSW session, is working to raise the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 and expand girls’ access to secondary school in order to reduce child marriageThe Malawi health minister, Catherine Gotani Hara, said a recent national health survey revealed that most of those women who died were between the ages of 15 and 19.“Our biggest worry is that where women are getting married early, it is causing a lot of maternal deaths,” she told The Guardian. “We have one of the highest rates in the world. President [Joyce] Banda says this is something we don’t want to see. Birth should not be a death sentence to women … we need to end early marriage.”On the same day as the CSW session, Human Rights Watch released a report on child marriage in South Sudan, entitled This old man will feed us: you will marry him, which features with 87 married adolescent girls in that country – where nearly half of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are married – along with policy analysis and interviews with civil society leaders, policy makers and others.  The report sought a comprehensive view, which situated particular issues, such as the health risks of early pregnancy within a broad frame.  From the report: Much of the research on child marriage in South Sudan has focused on the physical impact it has on girls’ and women’s bodies. This report examines this problem, and reinforces studies by experts and women’s rights groups in South Sudan that indicate that child marriage has a significant negative impact on women and girl’s realization of key human rights, including their rights to health and education, physical integrity and the right to marry only when they are able and willing to give their free consent.Both the CSW session and the Human Rights Watch report have drawn significant media attention to the fact that child marriage remains all too common in many parts of the world, as well as the many economic and social factors that drive it, and the challenges that remain for ending the practice.  Among the highlights were Al Jazeera’s” Inside Story,” which featured a full episode devoted to discussion of child marriage around the world,; and Voice of America, which focused on the ways that child marriage is contributing to maternal mortality in South Sudan, as well as the immense challenges that face efforts to improve the situation.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

#SoWMy2014: Beyond Just Maternity Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 4, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday, the MHTF joined with UNFPA, ICM, MCHIP, Jhpiego, Girls Globe, Women Deliver, Johnson & Johnson, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation to take part in a Twitter Chat to talk about the State of the World’s Midwifery. As of yesterday, the State of the World’s Midwifery hashtag, #SoWMy2014, was tweeted about 5,500 times with a reach of 28.3 million. Thanks to everyone who joined in the conversation![View the story “#SoWMy2014: Beyond just maternity care” on Storify]Share this:last_img read more